How to Become a Nursing Home Administrator in California

A nursing home administrator in California is charged with the efficient and safe running of a nursing home and ensuring it is in full compliance with all federal and state health and safety regulations and requirements. Patient admissions, personnel management, budgeting, and facilities management are just a few of the responsibilities of a nursing home administrator in California, which is why the requirements for the certification are so stringent. In order to become a nursing home consultant in the state of California, you'll need both academic and practical qualifications, or substantial experience as a registered nurse before you can take the California Nursing Home Exam. Read the following steps to learn how to become a nursing home administrator in California.

Steps

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    Meet the requirements for California Nursing Home Education.
    • If you have formal academic training, you'll need a master's degree in a program such as nursing home administration or similar health administration field. This must include an internship of 480 hours.
    • Alternatively, you can also attain a baccalaureate degree with 1,000 of Advanced Individual Training.
    • If you have 10 years experience of the previous 15 years as a full-time registered nurse at a nursing home, with 5 of those years in a supervisor position, and complete 1,000 of Advanced Individual Training, you also qualify.
    • You can also have 10 years of full time work experience, in the previous 15 years, in a nursing home. At least 5 of those years you must have been in a supervisor's position. You'll also need 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of college courses in a related field and 1,000 hours of Advanced Individual Training.
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    Apply for the California Nursing Home State Examination. Applications, along with examination fees, need to be received within 30 days of the exam date. You need to pass this exam in order to receive your license to become a nursing home administrator in California.
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    Apply for and take the National Nursing Home Administrators Examination (NAB). The exam consists of 150 questions that cover 5 subject areas: management, personnel, finance, environment, and resident care. Between 70 and 80 percent of participants pass the examination the first time. You need between 65 and 70 percent of correct answers to pass. Without the federal license, you won't be allowed to work in a nursing home as an administrator.
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    Apply for a position at nursing homes in California.
    • Provide current references that can vouch for your qualifications and professionalism.
    • You can apply for jobs through online job boards, as well as trade magazine and classifieds in the newspaper.
    • Headhunting agencies that cater to the healthcare industry can help you find positions in the state of California.
    • Unless a job ad specifies otherwise, wait 2 weeks before following up on your job application. Administrators are often overwhelmed with work and job applicants and need time to review your application.
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    Be prepared for your job interviews. Research any nursing homes that offer you a position so you understand what their organizations are like, and what are their current state of affairs.
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    Accept a position as a nursing home administrator in California that clearly defines your duties and responsibilities, and offers you the salary you require
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    Make sure to maintain 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain your nursing home administrator's license.

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